John E. Sherman, M.D., FACS
I am a 39-year-old African-American woman with two small children, one 4 years old and the other 19 months. I am most interested in having breast reduction surgery within the next four months. I currently nurse (breast-feed) our 19-month-old and of course am trying desperately to wean. My question is, will this lactating issue present a problem because my breasts are still producing milk at the time of surgery?
It is generally believed that you should not undergo surgery until lactating has stopped. This usually means waiting for 6 months after you stop nursing your child. In addition, you will find that the shape and size of your breasts will change during this period, which is important to the proper planning of your breast reduction surgery.